Is Canon EOS RP good for photography?
The Canon EOS RP is such great value for money that even if you’re an seasoned professional, it probably wouldn’t hurt to have one as a backup. This full-frame camera offers a great deal for many photographers
Canon EOS RP Features
- RF mount, compatible with EF/EF-S/TS-E/MP-E lenses with adapter
- 26.2 megapixel, 6240 x 4160 px, 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor
- 4K 24P, Full HD 60P with Movie Servo AF via a Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, extract still images from 4K video recordings
- 4K Frame Grab for 8.3 MP still JPEG images from 24 fps capture
- 4K time-lapse shooting
- Dual Sensing IS (up to 5 stops) with Combination IS (when used with compatible lenses) for smooth video
- DIGIC 8 Image Processor
- 4,779 selectable AF points (143 area divisions for auto AF) with 88% horizontal and 100% vertical coverage supporting up to f/11 max apertures
- AF sensitivity down to EV -5 (extremely dark)
- Dual Pixel CMOS capable of achieving focus in as little as 0.05 seconds
- Touch and Drag AF with Eye Detection AF in both One Shot and Servo AF modes
- 0.39″ (9.9mm) OLED EVF, 2.36 Million-dot viewfinder with 60 fps refresh, 100% view
- 2.95″ (75.0mm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1,040,000-dot Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
- ISO 100-40000 with expansion down to 50 and up to 51200, 102400
- Up to 5 fps continuous shooting (4 fps with Servo AF)
- Shutter durability rated up to 100,000 cycles
- Fv (Flexible Priority) mode
- Focus Bracketing
- Silent shooting capable (in SCN Special Scene mode)
- Distortion, Diffraction, Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Correction along with Digital Lens Optimizer available for in-camera aberration correction
- Single SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible) memory card
- Magnesium alloy body with a higher level of weather sealing than typically found in entry-level models
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Anti-Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
Is the Canon EOS RP a Professional Camera?
It is the World’s Best Mirrorless camera because it’s even better than the older world-beating EOS R that costs more. The EOS RP handles faster and better than any other mirrorless camera, and weighs much less. If you need a pro sports camera, Mirrorless is for travel and light weight and ultra-high image quality, and for all these things the EOS RP excels.
Small Body Big Sensor !
The RP’s headline feature is its size. It’s a light (1.1-pound), svelte (3.4 by 5.2 by 2.8 inches, HWD) camera with a comfortable grip and ample controls.
Sensor and Image Quality
While Sony and Nikon are selling 24 and 40-something megapixel mirrorless cameras, Canon opened up their full frame mirrorless line with a single 30.3 megapixel model, the EOS R. The R fell in the middle of Sony and Nikon’s two resolutions and interestingly, the RP also does, though 26.2 MP is only slightly higher resolution than 24 MP. The EOS RP and 6D Mark II share megapixel counts with, as mentioned, the RP utilizing an enhanced 6D Mark II imaging sensor. Minimally, the microlenses on this sensor have been adjusted for the RF mount’s shorter flange distance.
How long does Canon EOS RP battery last?
This is likely a cost-saving or space-saving measure (or both), but needless to the say, the battery life on the EOS RP isn’t fantastic. The CIPA rating is around 250 shots per charge with the LCD and 210 with the EVF, using default modes and not the “ECO” LCD or “Power-saving” EVF mode.
Frame Rate, Buffer Depth, Shutter Sound
Frame rates and buffer capacity capabilities seem to get ever more confusing. With the EOS RP, the frame rate tops out at 5 frames per second, a relatively slow rate. However, that rate is only available in One Shot AF mode with an adequately-charged battery, a 1/500 or faster shutter speed, a wide open aperture selected, adequate light levels, flicker reduction and Digital Lens Optimizer disabled, image stabilization switched off, at room temperature (73°F/23°C) and no flash use, any of which can or will affect shooting speed. While a decent frame rate in One Shot AF has some value (capturing a group portrait with no blinks in the frame for example), a fast frame rate is most typically needed with an in-action subject. In Servo AF mode with “speed priority” selected, a 4.0 fps rate is delivered in high-speed continuous AF mode.
The bottom line is that, if you are shooting a subject that is going to remain in focus at the current focus distance setting, this camera can deliver a mediocre continuous shooting rate. If the subject must be focus-tracked, the EOS R’s continuous shooting rate is slow.
Where to buy The Canon EOS RP
The Canon EOS RP, however, bucks this trend. The EOS RP is small and lightweight yet keeps some degree of weather-sealing and comes in at a very affordable
- Very good image quality
- Good high ISO performance
- Fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus system
- 4k video support
- Good build quality
- Excellent value
- Poor battery life
- No built-in flash
- Sub-par dynamic range
- Burst shooting tops out at 5fps
- Limited video features